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Friday 20th March

This week in English we have been writing a recount of our trip to Batford Springs. The children have been focusing on using time openers to ensure their recount is written in chronological order.

We started the week by ordering photos of the trip and verbally recounting what we did while we were there.
After that we played pass the parcel, inside the envelope there was lots of different time openers:
On Tuesday

The children needed to identify what type of words they were and where you would find them in sentence.

Next the children worked as a class to shared write a recount of their trip to Batford Springs. Have a look at the children's shared writing:

Finally on Friday the children wrote their own recount of their trip to Batford Springs. They focused on using time openers and joining words (and, but, because, so, if) to extend their sentences and add more detail.
If your child has not been at school this week you might like to try some of these activities at home. 

 On Wednesday we had a visit from Mrs Spink from Mini Professors. She held a session about polar habitats and the types of animals that live in the Arctic and Antarctica. The children built a polar region habitat as a group using a plastic tub, water, ice and polar animal toys. This might be an activity you'd like to try at home.

 She also discussed food chains with the children and different food chains in polar regions.

In Science we have been classifying and grouping plants. The children then drew and labelled the parts of a part using these words:


 We discussed what each of these parts does, ask your child the function of each part mentioned above.

 In Maths we have been looking at more than and less than and then counting in two's and ten's.
We have been using a range of resources to build, model, and solve a range of additions and have been discussing the key Mathematical language used to reason the patterns and processes we have observed taking place as we have been adding our numbers together. The children have been working in groups to share ideas and have then been evidencing the learning in their books using number tracks to show the patterns of counting up in 2'

Home Learning Zone:

the scheme we follow for PSHE are offering some of their Families Programme materials for free. You can download and share the stories (audio files) and the Calm Me times (audio files) from two of the sessions. These stories align with the Jigsaw PSHE Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me Puzzles and are suitable for children aged 5+.

Here is the link:

Password: home


Reading ideas:

I have found this useful list of books which you might like to buy/borrow from the library. Alongside each book on the list there is a brief synopsis and ideas for themes to discuss with your child.


PE with Joe Wicks Monday - Friday at 9am on his youtube channel:

Your first home learning email will be sent to you on Tuesday.

We know things right now are strange and difficult, but we really do hope you are all ok.

Thank you so, so much for your support, kind messages and thoughtful gestures during this time it has honestly meant the world to us at school. We hope you are able to stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you all when we are next back at school. 
Thanks for all the gifts and cards of thanks you have given us. We are all very grateful for your support and appreciation. We will miss everyone and cant wait until we are given the green light to re open and continue teaching.

Friday 13th March


This week in English we were looking at how to write instructions. On Monday we discussed key features on instructions: a title, bossy verbs, numbered instructions and keeping them short. We looked at examples of instructions to help us identify these features and talked about why they were important. We played Simon Says to help us identify bossy verbs and discussed the different instructions we could give. You could play Simon Says with your child at home and practice giving instructions using bossy verbs.

Next, we worked as a class to create a set of instructions. We decided to write instructions for making flapjacks as the ones we made last week were delicious. We worked really hard to think of bossy verbs to help us write our instructions as a class.

Finally, we independently wrote instructions on how to make flapjacks. We magpied from the instructions we made as a class. We though about how to make our instructions really clear and why this was important. The end results were excellent and we are very proud of how hard we all worked. Now we feel like expert flapjack makers!

Have a look at these instructions at home. You might like to try the activities they give instructions for. After that, your child could have a go at writing their own version of the instructions you followed.
Also, ask your child to tell you how they know they are instructions rather than stories or poems. 

In Maths this week we have been looking at comparing numbers and finding the number that is one more and one less than the one that we started with. We explored how many tens and ones different numbers have and were able to build them in a range of resources to identify the link between the numbers increasing or decreasing and the way they are represented in the place value grid.
we discussed these concepts and used the language of greater than, fewer than, less than and equal to to establish the comparison between the numbers we looked at.
The children were set a range of challenges including sequencing and ordering number cards to fifty both forwards and backwards using our number lines to support them.

One of the games we played this week was a dice rolling game that uses a simple tens and ones place value grid with tens on one side of the page and ones written on the other. Player one rolls a dice and chooses where to put the number. player two does the same and then play passes back to player one and then player two. At the end of two dice rolls each both players will have a number in the tens column and a number in the ones column. The player with the bigger number wins. you can even play the game with the target being to get the smallest number to vary it up. Have a try at home and let us know how you got on.

In school we watched this video about comparing numbers using the > (greater than), < (less than) and = (equal to) symbols. You might like to watch it at home and compare numbers up to 50.

As part of our Geography lessons this week we took a Trip to Batford springs nature reserve to look at and record the different types of habitats and Geographical features present. The children were split into groups and used map templates on clipboards to record their findings.
We were able to enjoy the open countryside and used this to discuss which features we thought were natural and which were human features and people made.

On return to school we used this field study to then create our own maps of the area and list down the types of habitats we has seen. We then recounted some key elements of the trip and wrote down some key learning points and observations into our learning books. Year one would like to thank the parent helpers who accompanied us on the trip for being such fun, enthusiastic and knowledgeable group leaders. The trip was a huge success and all the hard work and organisation put into the trip by Miss Auckett and the year one team really paid of as it was a fantastic learning experience for the children to see a natural habitat in their local area.

Have a lovely weekend,
The Year One Team

Friday 6th March

This week has been even busier than usual in school and the year one children have had a full and fun timetable to explore.

In maths this week we have been looking at the concept of measuring the mass and capacity of objects. On Monday we looked at the meaning of mass and weight and ordered a range of objects from the lightest to the heaviest. children discussed ways of measuring using on standard measurement such as weighing each object in our hands and estimating which one we felt was heavier.

We made a mind map about our ideas and the mathematical language used and considered what we could use to measure the weights accurately.
As a group we cam up with the idea of using weighing scales to measure which items were the lightest and heaviest by comparing the position of each side of the scales.

We then went to our tables and measured the weights we recorded using sentence stems and whiteboards.

On Wednesday we had a double lesson where we discussed the meaning and concept of capacity.
We defined capacity as being the amount of fillable space inside a container and then explored strategies in which we could measure how much capacity each container had. We decided that the more space inside a container the larger the capacity and then discussed how we could measure the amount of water in each item.

We mind mapped our ideas and then decided to use yogurt pots to measure how many pots filled each one.

We then went outside with our clipboards and recording sheets to measure and compare the capacity of different shape and sized containers.

We then came back in and shared our results to find the largest and smallest capacity.

If you feel like some wet play fun this weekend you could collect a range of containers and then use a yogurt pot to measure how many pots fills each one and which has the largest capacity. Maybe theme it around a picnic and then select the container that would allow the most people to have a cool drink.

In English this week we have been writing stories! On Monday we were told about the Harpenden Schools Writing Competition, we were very excited to hear all about it. We read Miss Aukett's story as a class and then magpied some ideas to use in our own stories.

Next we began to plan our own stories, using the planning sheets we have used before. We came up with lots of creative ideas for our story. We discussed on our tables our best ideas and began to plan.

On Tuesday we discussed choosing the best word for our story and not using the first word we though of. We also thought about which words we could use to describe our charavters and places within our story. For example; Karen the enchanted penguin who lived in an igloo! We began to write our stories, using our planning to help us. Ask your child what they wrote about in their story.

 On Wednesday we were nearly finished with our stories and very excited to share them. We thought about how to end our stories, and the importance of solving problems in the story. We had some very creative ideas which included eagles with robotic arms stealing nuts!

 At the end of the week we have all completed our stories and are looking forward to finding out which child from year 1 will have their story submitted to the writing competition.

 This weekend you could sit with your child and come up with a story together!

In computing this week we looked at the application word and discussed what it is used for. We recapped the main keyboard functions and discussed ways to edit and change the text on the screen.
We explored the application on the computer and then made a poster to show someone how word works and what it could be used to do. Children talked about their favourite tool and why they liked using it.

We played around with the font, colour, text type and size and looked at how to delete the mistakes we made when typing out a text.

If you have access to word on a computer at home you could play the following game... write a short text and then roll a 6 sided dice. each number equals a different command that you need to follow. take it in turns to edit and change the text. 1= change font. 2= change text size. 3= change text colour.
4= delete and change a word. 5= add a capital letter. 6= save the text. play around and then at the end of the game print out your edited text.

This week Year 1 have been exploring what a scientist does. We got to meet a real scientist who came and told us about the different types of scientist we could grow up to be. We were very interested in robotic scientists!

Following our incredible science assembly on Friday, we conducted an investigation in our classrooms. We investigated the mystery of 'what was in the box?' We investigated five different boxes to make informed guesses about what mysterious items were inside. We were surprised but some of the items but we were right about others. We used scientific vocabulary such as: hard, solid, plastic, metal and round, to help us work out what was inside of the boxes.

It was a very exciting session and we learnt lots about what scientists do!

Also this week we made our flapjacks in our fair trade design and technology lesson. We discussed fair trade and what it means to the Farmers who benefit from the proceeds. We watched an informative video about the work of fair trade and then in our groups made our treats to sell at the cafe on Wednesday.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported us by coming and sharing the event. Year 1 raised an impressive £127.10  for fair trade and the turn out was spectacular.

We also shared stories and dressed up as our favourite book characters to celebrate world book day.
Each child was given a sticker and a book token and we discussed what books we enjoy reading and why reading is an exciting and important thing to do in our world book day assembly.

Have a lovely weekend,
The Year One Team